updated Aug 23, 2005


Ebi is a traditional vertical wind instrument of Hani and Yi minority ethnic groups in China. It is popular in Yunnan Province.

The top front corner of the flute is slantly cut and a piece of reed is embedded at the back of the cut. A string is used to tie the reed to the flute.

There are 9 finger holes on the ebi, 8 on the front and 1 at the back.

It is available in the key of B flat.

Played by putting the whole mouth piece in the mouth of the player and tones are achieved by exhaling.

Made of tiger bamboo, wide tone range, large volume, usually for playing expressive pieces.